As your car rolls along down the street, the tread on your tires wears. Eventually, the tread wears down to a point where the tires need to be repaired because they can no longer grip the street and can cause you to slide. However, the timeframe for when this occurs varies based on many factors. The road conditions you drive in, the size and type of tires you have, how often you rotate the tires and the weather elements that the tires are subjected to can all cause the tires to wear faster. Because of this, it is important to know what signs indicate that your tires need to be replaced. Here are a few of those signs.
Your Treads Are Shallow and Worn
One of the easiest ways to determine if the tread on your tires is worn is with the penny test. Grab a penny and insert it head first into the tread of your tire. If the head is covered, you have enough tread on your tire still. If the head is partially covered, you may need new tires soon and should begin to budget and plan for them. If you can see the top of Abraham Lincoln's head, it is time to purchase new tires now.
Cracks On the Sidewall
While the tread on your tire is important, it is not the only thing you should look at when seeing if you need new tires. You should also look at the sides of the tires, called the sidewall. As you look at the sidewall, look for cracks, tears or gashes in the side. Overtime, small gashes or cracks appear. They do not go all the way through the tire or air would be leaking out. However, When a crack or gash is present, it makes it more likely that you will have a blowout. As such, you should replace your tires if you notice cracks or gashes on the sidewall.
Vibration While Driving
The last sign that your tires may need to be replaced is an excess of vibration while driving. You will always have some vibration while driving. But as your tires wear down, the vibration may seem more noticeable. If you notice strange vibrations while driving on roads you are familiar with, your tires may not be properly aligned, could be unbalanced or could be running low on tread.
When you need your tires replaced, AA Auto Tech, in Hastings, MN, can help. We are an automotive repair shop offering a variety of auto services including tune ups, brake repairs, engine repair and replacement, transmission repair and replacement, oil changes, air conditioner recharges and repairs and tire repair and replacement. Stop by our shop today or call ahead to make an appointment to have your tires inspected and replaced.